Aparecium! With Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them creeping up on us quicker than Dobby on roller skates, it’s only good and proper that we plaster the film over our latest issue. You’ve already seen our subscribers’ cover in all its Thunderbird-y glory, and now it’s time to unveil the second part of our beastly trifecta before revealing the extremely limited edition video cover in a few days.
Front and centre, of course, is Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander, clutching both mysterious case and wand. And no, before you ask, that isn’t Baby Groot in his pocket – it’s a new little beastie called Bowtruckle.
Flanked by a new batch of cinematic Rowling characters, Newt is joined – from left to right – by Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), and Percival Graves (Colin Farrell).
As we announced earlier this week, Empire will be producing the world’s very first moving cover, similar to Harry Potter’s Daily Prophet. Keep your eyes peeled for that unveiling on Wednesday…
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is released in cinemas on 18 November.
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Entertainment Weekly shares that Eddie has a new co-star for Early Man!
Tom Hiddleston has joined the cast of Nick Park’s animated prehistoric comedy Early Man as the villainous tyrant Lord Nooth, Aardman Studios and StudioCanal announced Thursday.
The Emmy nominee joins Eddie Redmayne, who in May was announced as the voice of Dug, a caveman who must “unite his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game.” Hiddleston’s character will be Dug’s rival: a pompous, money-loving tyrant and local governor of the Bronze Age town.
“Tom is a wonderful actor and it’s so thrilling to see him bring our comic villain to life with his amazing talent, energy, and enthusiasm,” Park said in a statement. “It is a great privilege to work with Tom and I’m so excited to see his character Lord Nooth emerge on screen.”
The film will mark Park’s first movie since 2005’s Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit scored him an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
Hiddleston seems equally as excited to work with the famed creator, and even posted an Instagram celebrating his new gig.
“I have been a fan of Nick Park and Aardman for as long as I can remember, and am incredibly honored to be working with Nick and the team on this adventure,” Hiddleston said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be able to breathe some semblance of life into this hysterical villain and to work with Eddie for the first time. Early Man made me laugh out loud when I read it. Lord Nooth is larger than life in every respect. I can’t wait for audiences to meet him.”
Early Man is currently filming in Bristol, England, and will be distributed by StudioCanal in the U.K, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand in 2018.
Variety gives us this good news from the Global Fan Event!
The ever-expanding “Harry Potter” universe just got larger.
The “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” spinoff will be a five-film franchise, J.K. Rowling said at a Warner Bros. fan event in London on Thursday.
“We always knew that it was going to be more than one movie — we knew that from the start — so we set a trilogy as a sort of placeholder, because we knew there would be more than one movie, “Rowling said at the Empire Theatre in London.” But I’ve now done the plotting properly, so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
Rowling wrote the screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts,”which marks her first script.
“So I learned how to write a screenplay while writing a screenplay.” she added. “I wouldn’t recommend it.”
The London event also drew stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler, director David Yates, and producer David Heyman. Colin Farrell and Jon Voight, meanwhile, attended the fan event in Los Angeles. The global event was streamed via satellite to gatherings in New York, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and Rome.
Oscar winner Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander in the films.
Warner Bros. Pictures had announced in August that a second movie in the “Fantastic Beasts” series was already in the works. Yates is also directing the sequel from a script by Rowling. Yates teased on Thursday that the second film will take place in another global capital city — not the upcoming pic’s New York City setting. “It will be very different,” Yates, who directed the final four “Harry Potter” films, added.
The second movie will be produced by Rowling, Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen will serve as executive producers.
Following Rowling’s revelation about the five films, attendees at the fan event were shown footage from the first 10 minutes of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opens with investigators tracking the unseen beasts in the countryside, followed by a variety of headlines from 1926 papers and references to the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
The first sequence shows Redmayne telling the creatures in his briefcase to “settle down” as he’s about to go through U.S. customs. That’s followed by a scene where Farrell surveys an area that’s been devastated by the beasts. Redmayne then encounters anti-beast forces holding a rally while one of the animals escapes from the briefcase. Fogler, who appears to provide the comic relief, is later seen trying to stuff himself into the briefcase.
Redmayne said Scamander is “incredible passionate” in an answer to a fan question. He also acknowledged that the success of the “Harry Potter” franchise has created high expectations.
“The honest answer is that I feel enormous pressure,” he said. “We put quite high expectations on ourselves. We didn’t want to screw it up.”
Redmayne also praised the intricacies of production design included such items as mocked-up newspapers from 1926, adding, “The detail was intoxicating.”
Fogler revealed that his great great grandfather was also a baker — as is his character in “Fantastic Beasts.” That prompted Farrell to say, “My grandfather was a wizard.”
Yates also said the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which hits theater on Nov. 18, will feature a cameo by a young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grendelwald — characters from the original “Harry Potter” movies.
“He is featured in a wonderful scene between Colin and Eddie,” said Yates.
The Los Angeles event was held at the TCL Chinese Theaetre with the courtyard transformed into a streetscene from 1926 New York City with a bakery, Italian grocery store and wanted posters for Newt Scamander.
The second installment is slated for worldwide release on Nov. 16, 2018.
The Wrap gives us a rundown of what they know about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
“Fantastic Beasts” will launch fans into a completely new side of the “Harry Potter” universe. Here’s what you need to know before you apparate in.
“Fantastic Beasts” is going to be a big leap of faith for the “Harry Potter” franchise. The spinoff film, which marks J.K. Rowling‘s first foray into screenwriting, will take fans far beyond Harry’s adventures in Hogwarts to 1920s New York, with a brand new set of characters and creatures. Beyond a few callbacks, “Fantastic Beasts” will jump into a side of the Potterverse that is uncharted territory. With that said, here’s what we know about what’s in store.
According to Rowling, “Fantastic Beasts” will show the first major collision between the magical and mundane worlds in the Potter timeline. Newt Scamander, the man who would go on to write one of the most-used textbooks at Hogwarts, will be challenged to quell an uprising that threatens to destroy the natural order of both the wizarding and human worlds.
As one might expect, the wizarding world that Harry enters in 1990s England will be far different than the one Newt enters in 1920s New York. There’s heavy segregation between wizards and No-Maj (American muggles), with wizards forbidden by the Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA) to marry No-Maj and discouraged to interact with them beyond what is absolutely necessary. This is a major culture shock for Newt, who is used to a more relaxed attitude towards non-magic folk across the Atlantic.
Colin Farrell will play Percival Graves, who is the head of security at MACUSA and the most enigmatic figure in “Fantastic Beasts.” It is his job to make sure magic never breaches into the No-Maj world, and he is very distrustful of those who are not of his kind. “His story runs parallel to that of the others,” explained Farrell at a fan event. “But it is very separate and far to the left.”
A major reason why wizards are so skittish about the No-Maj is the New Salem Philanthropic Society (NSPS), a group trying to expose and eradicate wizards throughout the country. According to Rowling’s history of Magical America on Pottermore, this hatred of wizards was first planted by exiles from the wizarding community in colonial times as revenge for being cast out.
A major target of NSPS’ activism is Senator Henry Shaw, Jr. (Josh Cowdry) and his father, a major N.Y. newspaper magnate (Jon Voight). The NSPS want the Shaws to use their power to support their anti-magic policies, and the family ends up at the center of the Wizard/No-Maj conflict that arises after Newt’s arrival.
So what elements of the Potterverse that we already know about will show up in “Fantastic Beasts”? Rowling promises that the film will reveal more about the pasts of the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald and his former friend, Albus Dumbledore, who was a Transfiguration Professor at Hogwarts in the 1920s. While interrogating Newt in one scene shown in the trailers, Percival mentions that Dumbledore rallied to Newt’s defense after he accidentally endangered a muggle’s life with a magical creature. Despite Albus’ attempts, Newt was expelled from Hogwarts.
We can also expect that “Fantastic Beasts” will be a mainstay in Warner Bros.’ release schedule moving forward. At a fan event in London, Rowling revealed that Newt will become the center of a brand new series of Potter tales. “
Thursday there was a global fan event held in London as A Return To JK Rowling’s Wizarding World prior to the release of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them next month!
– Eddie Redmayne Web > October 13 | A Return To JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Global Fan Event In London
– Eddie Redmayne Web > October 13 | A Return To JK Rowling’s Wizarding World – Global Fan Event In London – Panel
This past Thursday Eddie attended a photocall in London of his new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Thank you to Claudia for these images!
Warner Brothers has released new character posters. I have added Newt’s to our gallery.
It’s official….Nick Park’s latest movie “Early Man” is IN PRODUCTION!
Dug and Hognob wanted to do something to celebrate – they’ve kept it short and snappy!
Early Man is arriving in cinemas 2018 A.D.
Eddie shares with USA Today what his Patronus is!
Eddie Redmayne, who stars as wizard Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has his own protective Patronus.
And it’s adorable while defending him from the forces of evil.
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website revealed the new Patronus experience last week, which officially determines what animal will defend fans (and leading men, the odd wizard) from the forces of evil with the Patronus charm. In the Harry Potter books and movies, Harry’s takes the form of a stag.
Redmayne, just like you and all your friends, also made the series of choices on the website, based on a prompts and questions written by J.K. Rowling, to discover which animal form his Patronus takes.
“I actually did (the Patronus test) twice as it launched. Both times I got the same Patronus,” Redmayne tells USA TODAY by email. “The people from Pottermore told me that that was incredibly rare because of the amount of algorithms it takes to choose the Patronus. So I must really be that thing.”
Even Rowling herself had her Patronus change from a pine marten to a heron.
And Redmayne’s Patronus?
“A basset hound with long floppy ears and slightly dosey,” says Redmayne. “I think they might have got it spot on.”
We’re not going to argue with that.
Redmayne also revealed this week some of his favorite new characters from the third and final Fantastic Beasts trailer. Between basset hounds with floppy ears and Pickett the Bowtruckle, we’re overwhelmed with adorable-ness before Fantastic Beasts opens Nov. 18.